AVCare

Updated:
July 27, 2009 12:58:13 PM
Type:
Misleading Application
Name:
AV Care
Version:
1.0.4.0
Publisher:
AVCare Inc.
Risk Impact:
Medium
Systems Affected:
Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000
Behavior
The program must be manually installed.

The program reports false or exaggerated system security threats on the computer.





The user is then prompted to pay for a full license of the application in order to remove the threats.





Installation
When the program is executed, it creates the following files:
  • %UserProfile%\Desktop\AV Care.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\AV Care\AV Care.lnk
  • %ProgramFiles%\AV Care\avc.ico
  • %ProgramFiles%\AV Care\AVCare.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\AV Care\AVCare.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\AV Care\AVCare.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\AV Care\PP.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\AV Care\Uninstall.exe


Next, the program creates the following registry entry/ies so that it executes whenever Windows starts:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"AV Care" = "C:\Program Files\AV Care\AvCare.exe"

It also creates the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\AV Care
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\AV Care
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